An allowance of Rs. 5000 will be paid from this month as a special relief to farmers’ and fishermen receiving pension, the Agricultural and Agrarian Insurance Board (AAIB) said.
The Government earlier announced an allowance of Rs. 5000 for low- income families affected due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Chairman of the AAIB Attorney-at- Law Premachandra Epa said measures have been taken to enable farmers and fishermen receiving pension to collect their allowance from their specified post offices from 11th – 15th May.
He said Rs. 831 million has been allocated for the distribution of allowances to 162,000 farmers and 4907 fishermen identified as pension beneficiaries.
The Department of Posts has commenced preparations to distribute the allowances through 4200 post offices islandwide under the instructions of the Postmaster General.
In the event of curfew being imposed in certain areas on the said dates, the pensioners have been requested to use their pension account books as curfew pass, Premachandra Epa added. (Colombo Gazette)